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Differing Muslim opinions on Charlie Hebdo Mohammed cover

January 14th, 2015
05:41 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

As Charlie Hebdo’s first issue since last week’s Paris attacks hit the newsstands in epic proportions, Muslims have reacted to the satirical magazine’s latest edition, which once again depicts the Prophet Mohammed on the cover.

The survivors issue features a teary Prophet declaring “All is forgiven” while holding a banner of the now-famous slogan “Je suis Charlie”. It sold out in France within hours.

“I think Charlie Hebdo could have put something else on the first cover, for example to condemn terrorism and to say that Islam had nothing to do with what happened one week ago,” Madjid Messaoudene, a City council member from the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, which has a significant Muslim population, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

Madjid knew Stéphane Charbonnier, the editor of Charlie Hebdo, and economist and journalist Bernard Maris. They were both killed along with 10 other people when gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar” attacked the publication’s headquarters a week ago.

He is of the opinion “that drawing the Prophet would offend, would insult millions, thousands of Muslims all over the world.”


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • France • Islam • Latest Episode • Religion

Beginning of a ‘tough period’ for Pope Francis

December 3rd, 2014
06:40 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Pope Francis faces a tough road ahead, a veteran Vatican watcher told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Wednesday.

“It’s a very tough period that is beginning for him, because of course people [are] enthusiastic about him. I mean the believers but also non-believers are very interested in what he’s saying. But within the Church, there is a tough group of conservative of bishops and priests and cardinals, and also very traditionalist bishops and cardinals who are practically against the Pope, who are working against the Pope,” Marco Politi said. ​

The growing opposition the Pope is encountering within his own Church is mainly down to his attempts to reform it since he took office in March 2013.

“They don’t like what he wanted to do with the synod about family, to give new possibilities to remarried and divorced people to get the communion, or to have a new look on the homosexual union.”

Politi’s latest book "Francis Among the Wolves” looks into this resistance.


Filed under:  Catholic Church • Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Religion

To free 36 million modern slaves, ‘hit it at all levels,’ says Head of the Church of England

December 2nd, 2014
05:09 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Governments, businesses, and NGOs all need to play a role in the fight against modern slavery, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Head of the Church of England, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“You have to hit it at all levels. There needs to be government involvement; we’ve seen the French and British governments are leading the way with anti-slavery laws, which are going to have an impact. They change the culture, they also give the police powers to deal with things. There’s a hard edge to dealing with this, it’s a policing matter.”

Welby’s comments followed a landmark event at the Vatican where, for the first time, leaders of the world’s major faiths gathered together to sign a joint declaration to end modern slavery by 2020.

The panel, which Amanpour MCed, included Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury as well as leaders of Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, and Shiite and Sunni Islam.

Besides government involvement, Welby explained, modern slavery’s “business edge” needs to be tackled.


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Latest Episode • Religion • United Kingdom

In hardship, acting in good faith

July 23rd, 2014
07:10 AM ET

In times of hardship, ordinary people around the world reach across religious lines. Christiane Amanpour has the story.

Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Imagine a World • Latest Episode • Religion

Investigating the Church of Scientology

March 5th, 2013
10:14 AM ET

The Church of Scientology is the famous American-born religion created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard and well-known for celebrity followers like Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

The church claims millions of members here in the United States and around the world. Scientology is famously litigious, with a phalanx of lawyers keeping an eye on journalists, writers and media companies who set out to cover the church.

But now that a number of high-profile members have left and are beginning to tell their stories, we're getting rare insight into the inner workings of the church, from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. His new book is called, "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief."

The Church of Scientology says, "Lawrence Wright's book is so ludicrous it belongs in a supermarket tabloid. The book is an error-filled, unsubstantiated, bigoted anti-Scientology book."

In the video above you can watch CNN's Christiane Amanpour discuss the book with Wright.

The Church of Scientology's response is available in full here

Filed under:  Latest Episode • Religion • Scientology